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Top 5 Thrill Rides in Walt Disney World

When you hear the words Walt Disney World, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Magic, Fantasy lands, a child dream world, or even Mickey Mouse? While all of these things are entirely true and do makeup the beauty of the theme parks, Disney itself has something for everyone, including the thrill seeker. That’s right, you read that correctly. The magical land that has Disney princess castles and a sparkly boutique for young girls also has huge roller coasters that go 0-60 in less than 3 seconds. The Walt Disney World theme parks really DO have it all!

When booking a trip and taking care of the Disney vacation planning, setting up which rides you would prefer to obtain FastPasses for is an essential. It is ultimately going to be one of the highlights of your trip, so choose wisely. For all the adrenaline junkies out there, read closely to be informed of the Top 5 thrill rides in the Walt Disney World theme parks.

The first on the list is the Tower of Terror in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Be prepared at your own risk to enter the Twilight Zone and then you will be dropped 13 stories down. For anyone who loves rides with intense drops and quick back and forth motion, this ride is certainly for you!

Take a trip around the corner in this magical theme park and you are faced with the Aerosmith inspired Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. With speeds reaching from 0-60 in less than 3 seconds, you are surely in for a thrilling experience. The coaster also goes through multiple upside down loops, so be prepared for that as well. During the ride, you will even receive a mini Aerosmith concert ride from the comfort of your seat. Pretty cool right?

Now that we’ve covered the Hollywood studios, let’s take a trip over to the Magic Kingdom, the most magical place on Earth, and also one of the most thrilling. Space Mountain takes you into what is essentially a simulation of space, while speeding you through twists and turns in the starry darkness of the galaxy. Don’t be frightened, the aliens are making sure you stay secured… no worries! Across the park is Big Thunder Mountain Railroad , a train inspired coaster that takes you through the mines of Frontierland. A small tip, if you ride it at night during the fireworks, you will have an amazing view!

Last but not least, let’s take a ride over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where the wild is brought to life in a theme park. Expedition Everest is a speedy coaster that takes you through the deep dark depths of the Yeti’s cave. If you look up you can even see him on the ceiling waiting for his next victim. This thrill ride even has several drops and goes backwards as well, so if you enjoy rides like that, this ride is certainly for you!

Now that we’ve covered the thrilling rides Walt Disney World’s parks has to offer, be sure to keep them in mind when booking your trip. Mouse Vacation Planning can take care of the Disney vacation planning for you. I’ll see you there thrill seekers! Please fill out a quote form by clicking HERE.

By Megan Merola

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Top FastPass+ Attractions in the Magic Kingdom

As you are in the stages of Disney World vacation planning, FastPass+ becomes an important part of the process. You are able to make three FastPass+ selections per theme park per day. There are so many attractions to choose from and you want to make sure you obtain the best selections.

The Magic Kingdom has classic attractions, shows, thrill rides, and something for the whole family. So what three attractions should you choose when going through your Disney World vacation planning?

If you have thrill seekers in the family then you should select Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. You may be wondering, how will you ride Splash Mountain? To assist with your Disney World vacation planning, arrive to the Magic Kingdom 30 minutes before it opens and go directly to Splash Mountain. The area will be empty the 1st hour after the park has opened and you can go in the standby line!

If you have non thrill seekers in the family, then you could choose: Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, and Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin.

If you have little ones in your family then I would suggest: Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, Enchanted Tales with Belle, and Winnie the Pooh or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (if your little ones are at least 38 inches). You can still experience Peter Pan by arriving to the Magic Kingdom 30 minutes early and going directly to Peter Pan.

As you are in the stages of Disney World vacation planning, make sure you choose your FastPass+ attractions 60 days in advance at 7am Eastern Time. Visit mousevacationplanning.com/walt-disney-world-quote to get a Walt Disney World quote!

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Top 5 Walt Disney World attractions that do not require a FastPass+

After a family has booked their Walt Disney World vacation the countdown immediately starts and the planning begins!  So many questions pop up.  What park should we visit first?  Where are we going to eat?  What date can we make dining reservations?  When is our 60 day date for FastPass+?

FastPass+ is a big part of planning a Walt Disney World vacation.  Families can make 3 FastPass+ selections 60 days in advance.  The FastPass+ will get them to the front of the line.  However, there are some FastPass+ attractions where a FastPass+ is not necessary in Walt Disney World because of a number of reasons.  Here is a Top 5 List!

1) Mickey’s PhilharMagic in the Magic Kingdom.  The attraction is a 3D show in a large theater and some favorite Disney songs come to life on the screen!  The wait time is typically only about 15 minutes or less.

2) Living with the Land in Epcot.  This slow moving boat ride in the Land Pavilion is always a short wait and a great attraction to experience while waiting for your FastPass+ time at Soarin.

3) Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival in Epcot.  There is no need for a FastPass here because it is housed in a large theater and there is never a wait.

4) Journey into Imagination with Figment in Epcot.  This is a continuous moving attraction and the wait time will only be about 5 minutes.

5) It’s Tough to be a Bug in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  You will find out it is not a good idea to ever step on a bug again, but you won’t have to wait for the experience.

My name is Jeffrey Merola and I have written 9 Walt Disney World guide books.  I am an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner and I own Mouse Vacation Planning.  Please check out my website mousevacationplanning.com to get a free quote.  I will book and take care of all the planning for your Walt Disney World vacation!

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Walt Disney World Dining Mistakes

There are numerous Walt Disney World vacation planning mistakes people make when organizing a trip.  Here are one of those mistakes that you do not want to make!

When you are ready to begin your Walt Disney World vacation planning, you need to make dining reservations 180 days in advance!  There are numerous fabulous restaurants in Walt Disney World, and the most popular restaurants will book up very quickly.  The restaurants that book up typically 180 days in advance are: Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom, Chef Mickey’s in Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Akershus in Epcot, Trattoria al Forno on the Boardwalk for breakfast, Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom, and the Tusker House in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

If you want to dine in one of these fabulous restaurants then make a note on your Walt Disney World vacation planning calendar to make your dining reservations 180 days in advance.  I would recommend making them right at 6am Eastern Time in your mydisneyexperience account.  You can also call Disney dining at 7am Eastern Time, but some restaurants may already be fully booked by then.

Even if a restaurant that you want to dine in is not listed above, I would still make your reservations 180 days in advance to be confident you get a suitable time.  I am sure no one in your family wants to eat dinner at 9:45pm at the Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom, for example.  If that happens, the planning you have done for your Walt Disney World vacation has not worked out very well!

If you do encounter a problem because you waited too long while planning your Walt Disney World vacation, you could attempt to get a dining reservation for lunch.  Lunch is not as busy and may get you out of a jam, especially if you know the family is going to be very upset.

Please do not assume you will be able to walk up to a restaurant without a reservation and get on a waiting list.  The host or hostess will either tell you the wait is 2 hours or they may say the dreaded words that will turn your smile into a frown, “We are completely booked tonight.”

My name is Jeffrey Merola and I have written 9 Walt Disney World guide books.  I am an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner and the Founder of Mouse Vacation Planning.  I can book your entire vacation package and do the planning for you, especially book all of your dining.  All my planning services are free to you!  Please fill out a free quote form by clicking here = Walt Disney World free quote form

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FastPass+ Secrets in the Magic Kingdom

“The wait time for Space Mountain is 180 minutes?  We have to wait in line for 3 hours?”

This quote is uttered every day in the Magic Kingdom by thousands of people.  You do not have to be in this predicament.  You can walk to the front of the line with minimal wait and be whistling “zip-a-dee-doo-dah” by taking advantage of FastPass+.  Your family will think you are the ultimate Walt Disney World vacation planner.

FastPass+ is a free service that is included with all theme park admission.  It grants you the privilege to have front of the line access at 3 attractions per day.  If you are staying in a Walt Disney World resort you can make 3 FastPass+ selections per day in the same park 60 days before your trip.  You make them through a mydisneyexperience account beginning at 7am.  The amount of FastPass+ times available per attraction is limited.

The FastPass+ selections you secure in the Magic Kingdom are crucial.  Do not misuse a FastPass+ selection on an attraction that typically has a minimal wait time.  You want to choose the attractions for your Disney World vacation that frequently have the “OMG” wait times.

As the family planner, if everyone is into the thrill rides, then obtain a FastPass+ for Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

If your family does not enjoy thrill rides you can experience three of the following: Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Haunted Mansion, Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan’s Flight, and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Do not distress in regards to using a FastPass+ for: Barnstormer, It’s a Small World, Mad Tea Party, Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Meet Ariel in her Grotto, Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor, Tomorrowland Speedway, and Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid.  The wait is typically minimal at some point during the day for these attractions.  A few of the attractions are a short experience.

When making your selections it is preferred you have the 3rd FastPass+ end around 2pm.  The opportunity will then be presented to you to select a 4th FastPass+ from a large pool of choices through the mydisneyexperience app.  After you have used your 4th selection, attempt to make a 5th, and maybe even a 6th!

Contact me, Jeffrey Merola, and I will book your Disney World vacation and be your Walt Disney World vacation planner.  I am an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, I have written 9 Walt Disney World guide books, and I have been in Walt Disney World over 265 days.  I am the Founder and owner of Mouse Vacation Planning.  All my planning services are Free! You can get a free quote by going to mousevacationplanning.com/walt-disney-world-free-quote.  You can also check out my newest book at Amazon.  It is titled The Busy Family’s Guide to Walt Disney World 2018.  You can check it out by clicking here.

Contact me to also find out how to experience Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain without having a FastPass+ and very little wait.  Have a magical time in Walt Disney World!

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Magic Kingdom Secrets

Magic Kingdom Secrets

1) Arrive 30 minutes before the Magic Kingdom opens to see the opening ceremony in front of Cinderella’s Castle!

2) Try to make at least two of your FastPass+ selections for Space Mountain and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train before your vacation.  Then, enter the Magic Kingdom when it opens and walk expeditiously over to Frontierland to ride Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain.  The attractions will have minimal waits for about the first hour after the park has opened.

3) When you enter under the railroad look to the left.  There is a spot next to City Hall where a character will be located to take pictures and give autographs.  It will usually be a character you do not see very often.

4) If you are traveling with small children, go to Fantasyland early in the morning and ride Peter Pan.  Then, experience Dumbo in Storybook Circus.  The crowds will be smaller here early on.

5) There is a shortcut from Main Street to Tomorrowland and back to Main Street that goes through the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant.  You can avoid huge crowds this way.

My name is Jeffrey Merola and I am the owner of Mouse Vacation Planning.  I am the author of 9 Walt Disney World guide books and have been on Walt Disney World property hundreds of days.  Contact me to book your Walt Disney World vacation and I will assist with the Walt Disney World vacation planning!

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Avoid Waiting in Lines in Walt Disney World

Avoid Waiting in Lines in Walt Disney World

How do you avoid standing in a line that seems to go on forever in Walt Disney World?  When you are in one of these lines and think you must be close and then you enter a room which contains what I call the “hidden lines room.”  This is where you find hundreds of people that are still in front of you in line!  Finally, there is the dreaded question that every parent does not want to hear, “Are we to the front of the line yet?”

Can these lines be avoided?  The answer is “Yes!”

1) If you book a Walt Disney World resort package that includes theme park tickets you can sign up for FastPass+ 60 days in advance.  This can be done at 7am through your mydisneyexperience account.  FastPass+ allows you to get to the front of the line at 3 of your favorite attractions per day!  People that are staying off site can only make FastPass+ selections 30 days in advance.  This is significant because there are a limited amount of FastPasses given out for each attraction per day.

While making your FastPass+ selections try to have the 3rd one end at around 1pm.  You will have a greater chance of obtaining a 4th one while in the theme park.

2) When your Walt Disney World vacation has been booked, you will want to make character meal reservations.  By eating with multiple characters during a meal it will save you hours of wait time in the parks.  For example, if you eat at Chef Mickey’s in the Contemporary Resort, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, & Pluto will come to your table to take pictures and sign autographs.  It could easily be a 30 minute wait per character if you wait for each character inside of a theme park.

3) Arrive 30 minutes before a theme park opens!  By getting ahead of the crowds you will always be one step ahead of everyone else.

4) After you have arrived in the Magic Kingdom 30 minutes before the park has opened, go directly to Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain.  The wait time in the standby lines will be minimal during the 1st hour after the park has opened!

Here is a partial theme park itinerary for the Magic Kingdom with children ages 8-12: (Assuming you have made FastPass+ selections for Big Thunder Mountain, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and Space Mountain.)  Enter when the park opens, Visit Princess Fairytale Hall, Ride Splash Mountain, Ride Big Thunder Mountain, Use your FastPass+ for Big Thunder Mountain to ride again, Ride the Haunted Mansion, Use your FastPass+ for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Experience The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Ride the Tomorrowland Speedway, & Use your FastPass+ for Space Mountain.

My name is Jeffrey Merola and I am the owner of Mouse Vacation Planning.  I am the author of 8 Walt Disney World guide books and have been on Walt Disney World property hundreds of days.  Contact us to book your Walt Disney World vacation and learn hundreds of other tips to save time & money in Walt Disney World!

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My Mother’s Return to Walt Disney World

My Mother’s Return to Walt Disney World

In February of 2006 I wanted to give my mother some Walt Disney World magic so I invited her to travel along with us on our Walt Disney World vacation.  This was her 1st trip to see the “Mouse” since 1977 when 29 years earlier she took me as a young child.

My wife, 2 children, my mother, and mother-in-law entered our first theme park in 2006, the Magic Kingdom, and strolled down Main Street, U.S.A.  We were admiring Cinderella’s Castle in the distance.  By the time we had made it to our character breakfast at Crystal Palace, my mom had gotten misty eyes.  She wiped some tears of joy, turned on a huge smile, and gave us all a kiss.